- Associated Press - Monday, October 21, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. (AP) - Bill Belichick is taking the blame for the overtime penalty that led to the Patriots’ latest loss.

There’s still plenty to go around for his team’s mistake-filled performance.

Tom Brady and the offense continued to struggle. The battered defense couldn’t contain Geno Smith.

Even Rob Gronkowski failed to catch a key pass in his much-anticipated return from offseason forearm and back surgeries.

The result: a 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

“Just a lot of plays we left out there that we have to, moving forward, learn from,” New England defensive end Rob Ninkovich said Monday.

The most glaring was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones as Nick Folk tried _ and missed _ a 56-yard field goal attempt.

Jones was called for violating a new rule this year that prohibits a defensive player from pushing a teammate forward into the offensive formation on a field-goal try.

So Folk got another shot two minutes later and connected on a 42-yarder for the victory.

Afterward, Jones, who didn’t join the Patriots until he was claimed off waivers Sept. 11, blamed himself.

On Monday, his coach absolved him.

“I think Chris is obviously trying to do the right thing by stepping up and taking responsibility, but that’s not his responsibility, it’s ours,” Belichick said. “We just have to do a better job of coaching that. It’s not his fault, that’s on me (and) the coaching staff.”

And, Belichick said, “What he did was basically what he was being told to do.”

After the game, Belichick was upset that the call was made. He said the push didn’t come from the second level of the defense, the group behind the front line. But the rule doesn’t mention where the player who does the prohibited pushing is lined up.

“Obviously, we are wrong,” he said Monday. “What else is there to say? We’re wrong.”

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